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Dr. John Mighton

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Lecturer of Mathematics

Phone: (416) ***-****  HQ Phone
University of Toronto
84 Queen's Park
Toronto , Ontario M5S 2C5

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D. , mathematics
    University of Toronto
  • Masters , philosophy
    McMaster University
  • Education
    University of Toronto
  • honorary Doctorate in Divinity
    St. Thomas University
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McMaster University, 11 Aug 2014 [cached]
[IMG]John Mighton ‘82 McMaster University
John Mighton '82
Dr. Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigees). John almost failed first-year Calculus in university, but his love of math and his belief that everyone has great mathematical potential led him to found JUMP as a kitchen-table tutoring group in 1998, John now tirelessly volunteers his time and expertise as the lead curriculum developer for the JUMP Math Student Workbooks and Teacher's Manuals. John also donates all proceeds from his publications and speaking engagements to the JUMP program.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario John completed a BA at the University of Toronto before he returned to Hamilton to lecture in philosophy at McMaster, where he received a Masters in philosophy in 1982. John's Hamilton stay was short lived as he returned to Toronto to complete his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto earning him an NSERC fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory. He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Mathematical Research and lecturer of mathematics at the University of Toronto.
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Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, 8 May 2010 [cached]
Ronnie Burkett | Daniel Maclvor | Brigitte Haentjens | Dany Lyne | John Mighton | Jillian Keiley | Louise Campeau | Carole Fréchette | Daniel Brooks
John Mighton, Winner for Playwriting, 2005 . In awarding the 2005 Siminovitch Prize to Toronto playwright John Mighton, the jury was particularly impressed by the profound combination of intellect and heart embodied in Mr. Mighton's work. "The writing represents a unique, singular and necessary worldview," the jury said. "Understated in a very positive sense, his plays are open ended and unresolved in a way that kindles and suggests possibilities. Mr. Mighton's voice possesses grace, delicacy and a gentle humanity. His line of inquiry is often shot through with a rare and fragile warmth. He also brings tremendous depth to the plays, taking complex, sophisticated ideas and making them playable in a truly theatrical manner."
Mr. Mighton's plays, including Scientific Americans, Possible Worlds , A Short History of Night, Body and Soul, The Little Years , and Half Life, have been performed across Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States. He has won several national awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
In addition to playwriting, Mr. Mighton completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Toronto and has lectured in Philosophy at McMaster University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and for the past seven years, has coordinated JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), an innovative school program designed to tutor children who are having difficulties in math. Mr. Mighton has written an inspirational book based on his experiences with JUMP called The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child , published by House of Anansi Press.
“Half Life” Opens at the Belfry September 16th | [cached]
Beginning September 16 through October 19, the Belfry Theatre will present Half Life by John Mighton.
John Mighton is a mathematician, author (The Myth of Ability, The End of Ignorance), playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math, a non-profit organization that helps children learn mathematics. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of Toronto.
In 2005 John won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, presented to a professional playwright who advances Canadian theatre through a body of work and influences emerging theatre artists. The jury cited the profound combination of intellect and heart embodied in his work. His voice has grace, delicacy and a gentle humanity. John also brings tremendous depth to his plays, taking complex, sophisticated ideas and making them playable in a truly theatrical manner.
In Science, Engineering & Medicine, 17 Oct 2013 [cached]
John Mighton
Mathematician and Award-Winning Playwright
A double U of T Grad, John Mighton earned his BA in Philosophy in 1978, and in 2000 received his PhD in Mathematics from the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences at U of T. Mighton is the founder of JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) and an award-winning playwright.
Mighton founded JUMP in 1998. The program is designed for young children from lower-income families who cannot afford private tutoring and who do not receive enough assistance in learning mathematics. The JUMP approach has been so successful that educators from across Canada, Australia and England have incorporated it into their curricula. For his work in math education, Mighton has been made an honorary Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, one of the most prestigious institutes in the world. He was also awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, as a social entrepreneur for his work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP. In 2003 he published a book on the approach to math education JUMP uses, called The Myth of Ability and in 2007 he published its follow up, The End of Ignorance.
Also in 2005, John Mighton was awarded the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre which is worth $100,000. (Photo: Chris Chapman)
Our Team | Subtle Technologies, 8 April 2014 [cached]
John Mighton Founder, JUMP Math and Playwright
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